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The Lantern Men

The Lantern Men

Book - 2020 | First U.S. edition
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"Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway changed her life-until a convicted killer tells her that four of his victims were never found, drawing her back to the place she left behind"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780358237044
Branch Call Number: MYS GRIFF-E
Characteristics: ix, 358 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 11, 2021

Very hard to put down installment in this long-running saga. Although I get frustrated that Dr. Galloway doesn't understand the difference between being in love with some one and being addicted to them, I still feel her pain at the withdrawal. The homesickness I am totally onboard with as I've been there, done that, too. DCI Nelson has become so selfish that he is losing my respect, and I wish more and more that Ruth could escape him. That is what a good book does! While the characters grow and change, the reader gets caught up in the drama of "life" and I would love to be in a discussion where I could rant about these two and their sickness. I also am desperate to read the next book and discover how else they are going to mess up their lives. This is one of the few series that has gotten better with each volume because Griffiths seems to love them and their foibles as much as her readers do. MUST READ IN ORDER

Nov 17, 2020

This award-winning series gets better and better. The legend of the Lantern Man is the perfect framework for a series of murders that take place near the marsh. A charismatic professor by the name of Ivor March has been convicted to the murder of two women. A mysterious note sends Ruth to interview the murderer and find out where the bodies of two additional women are buried. The plot is multi-layered with women (alive and dead) of a similar type, two burial sites, two separate investigations, and a compelling climax point where all roads converge. I loved all the moving parts and the many ways Griffiths kept us guessing. If jumping on a bike would have gotten me to the end more quickly, I would have done it. We want more Ruth! Please keep the series going, Elly!

Oct 19, 2020

Just a quickie review & I'm going to be fairly brutal. I think continued enjoyment of this series may depend on whether you're in it for the romance or the mysteries. I had high hopes the overall story arc was moving on but unfortunately the romantic triangle plot line is alive & well here. I'm really tired of Ruth & Nelson constantly mooning over each other. There's a good mystery here with the usual intriguing archeological angle but their persistent pining intrudes on the plot development & pacing. It's book or cut bait, people.

Sep 15, 2020


Aug 16, 2020

This was much better than the book based in Italy. Griffiths left many clues lying about pointing to various suspects; but I was surprised at some of the revelations at the end. This was a good mystery to solve, so that made it a much more entertaining read. Also it seems Ruth is going to be making some further changes in her life in the next book(s) in the series; so, from a continuing character perspective, I'm looking forward to the next book.

ArapahoeKati Aug 11, 2020

Another excellent addition to the Ruth Galloway series. This is book 12 and I hope she writes 12 more. Love seeing Kate grow up, and that cliffhanger? That's why I need a book 13.


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